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How many roses to send?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Roses by the NumbersPeople often struggle with the question of how many roses to send to a lover or other party.

Does it even matter, you may ask?

Isn’t more always better?

No, less is often more. And, yes, it does matter.

The number of roses you send each tell a different story.

1 Rose A solitary rose in any color symbolizes the highest degree of devotion to one person. It can also mean “love at first sight”. (Personally, but then we’re a little biased, we think this is the only number of roses you’ll ever need!)
2 Roses If you wish to send a marriage proposal, give 2 intertwined roses. They also convey mutual feelings of love.
3 Roses These simply mean “I Love You”. (Gettit? That phrase has 3 words, and there are three roses… πŸ˜‰ )
5 Roses Says “I love you very much!”
6 Roses Need some love? Miss someone? A bouquet of 6 roses will convey that message!
7 Roses This one means “I’m totally passionate about you”.
9 Roses “I promise that we’ll be together for life”.
10 Roses If you’re flirting, or maybe it’s a first date, 10 roses will spell out “You’re pretty”, or perfect.
11 Roses Want to be different? Send one less than a dozen roses, as 11 roses indicate to your lover that you truly love them.
12 Roses A bunch of a dozen roses is the good ‘ol standby for most, and can mean “I love you”, “You’re mine”, or just tell someone your relationship has gone to the next level.
13 Roses If you’re not superstitious (and neither is the recipient), 13 roses – hopefully, that you sent anonymously – tells the recipient they have a secret admirer, or (if they already know who you are) that you’re forever friends.
15 Roses Guys, remember this one! It says “I’m really sorry!”.
20 Roses “My love for you is sincere”.
21 Roses When you’re committed to only one.
24 Roses “I always think of you” (24 hours/day).
25 Roses These are used to send congratulations.
36 Roses Tells your loved one that you remember your romantic moments.
40 Roses “My love for you is the real thing!”
44 Roses Send these when you want to promise constant and unwavering love.
50 Roses Symbolizes unbound love that has matured.
99 Roses Tells your lover that you’ll love them until you die.
100 Roses If your love/marriage will last (just) 100 years, this is for you. πŸ™‚
101 Roses Conveys “You’re my one and only”.
108 Roses Two entwined roses will do the trick (see above), but this number of roses also ask “Will you please marry me?”.
365 Roses This one’s easy, as there is a rose for each day of the year: “I love you every single day”.
999 Roses For those with deep pockets, 999 roses will tell your lover that your love will last till the end of time!
1001 Roses If you can afford it, 1001 roses symbolize indefinite love.

Finally, and this really is a no-brainer, 0 (zero) roses simply means you forgot your loved one’s birthday, a special day, or your anniversary! If that ever happens, immediately give 15 roses and, for good measure, add another 1001 (or more)! πŸ˜‰

Fresh Cut Rose Care

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Here are some tips to make your fresh cut Rose last longer:

  • Immediately on receipt, open the box and give your Rose attention. If you cannot attend to your Rose immediately, open the box and place it in a cool dark place until you can take a few moments to properly care for it. Place it in the refrigerator (NOT freezer) if you have space.
  • Start by filling a clean vase (disinfected, as germs kill flowers) with water to which a good floral preservative has been added. Using it as recommended will provide additional days of vase life. Avoid using water from a water softener.
  • Remove any leaves that may be under water to prevent decay. When removing leaves and thorns, do not cut through the green bark. Air can enter the water conducting passages through the injuries and restrict water uptake. Bacteria in the water can clog stems.
  • While holding the stem under water in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off with a sharp knife or shears (preferably disinfected also). DO NOT let the newly cut end dry off before transferring it back to your arrangement or other container. (You only have about two seconds to do this!)
  • Immediately after the stem is cut, place your Rose in a deep vase of warm preservative solution (about 100 degrees F). If possible, leave it in a cool dark room or refrigerator to “condition” for 2 or 3 hours before arranging.
  • If a florist’s porous foam material is used in assembling the arrangement, it is important that it is thoroughly saturated in advance in water containing a floral preservative. Use a vase large enough to keep the entire block of foam submerged. Be sure that the Rose stem is inserted firmly well below the solution level in the container. Do not move the stem end after inserting it into the foam. This may leave an air pocket at the base of the stem.
  • When you arrange it, do not let the Rose lie out on a table. Keep it in your conditioning vase until you place it in your arrangement.
  • Display your fresh cut Rose arrangement in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts. Keep your Rose away from the heating and air vents and also never set it on a TV.
  • Roses are thirsty flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution often. Be sure foam materials are completely saturated and the container is full daily.
  • Premature wilting is not a sign that the Rose is old. It usually indicates that air is entrapped in the stem and the preservative solution cannot flow properly up the stem. The end of the stem may be blocked, or look for a cut or scrape in the bark above the water level. Recut the stem above the injured section and then submerge the entire Rose in a basin or shallow pan of warm water (about 100 degrees F). Be sure to keep the stem and head straight. Some florists recommend shaking the Rose gently under water until air bubbles come out of the Rose head. It will usually revive within an hour and can be replaced in the arrangement.
  • Every three days, empty the water, wash your vase, cut the Roses as suggested and put back into the vase as before.

Don’t have floral preservative? Try this recipe (at your own risk):

Add to 1 quart water: 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice, 1 tbs. white sugar 1/2 tsp. household bleach

Or, according to some (use at your own risk), if you run out of flower food, simply add a few tablespoons of 7-UP or Sprite to the water. These beverages contain citric acid which is one of the ingredients contained in a package of flower food.

For more fresh cut flower care and preservation tips, please visit Floral Preservatives. We also have some great general rose care advice at our companion website, Rose Advice.

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